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Computer Protection. Group 3 David Hutcherson Sabina Karkin Chris Kelly Andrew Kuo CS 4235B Daniel Lee March 16, 2005. Adware & Spyware Definitions. Adware - “any software application in which advertisements are displayed while the program is running”

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computer protection

Computer Protection

Group 3

David Hutcherson

Sabina Karkin

Chris Kelly

Andrew Kuo CS 4235B

Daniel Lee March 16, 2005

adware spyware definitions
Adware & SpywareDefinitions
  • Adware - “any software application in which advertisements are displayed while the program is running”
  • Spyware - “computer software that gathers and reports information about a computer user without the user’s knowledge or consent”
  • Both usually run in the background hidden from the computer user
background
The original form of spyware - tracking consumers’ web browsing habits through the use of cookies

Primary use of spyware - figure out what kinds of things a consumer is interested in and then target ads specifically to them

91% of home PCs are infected by some kind of spyware today

Background
alternatives
Alternatives
  • Using Linux, Mac OS, or UNIX
  • Using browsers other than Internet Explorer, such as the Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox browser
evaluation criteria
Evaluation Criteria
  • Protection
    • Size of spyware database
    • Ability to track cookies, spyware resident in memory
  • Usability
    • Interface
    • Speed of the scan
    • Thoroughness of results
  • Support
    • Technical support
    • Documentation
  • Updates
    • Frequency
    • Ease of retrieval
spybot search destroy
Spybot Search & Destroy
  • Background
    • Developed by Patrick Kolla and Team Spybot
    • 45 different language versions
  • Test Methodology
    • 10 minute browsing of various sites on the Internet using IE 6 with the privacy option set to “Low” & then executing the scan
    • Installing NetZero & then executing the scan
spybot search destroy results
Spybot Search & DestroyResults
  • Protection
    • Provides spyware and adware detection capabilities as well as dialers, keyloggers, and trojans
    • Blocks tracking cookies and potentially harmful Active X downloads
    • Spyware resident in memory and the registry are flagged
    • 6 types of spyware from Internet browsing
    • 1 spyware program from NetZero installation
  • Usability
    • Simple & intuitive
    • Default & advanced mode
    • Browsing: 2 min 39 sec; installation: 2 min 27 sec
    • Results not detailed
  • Support & Updates
    • Website tutorial
    • Monthly updates
ad aware
Ad-Aware
  • Background
    • Lavasoft established in Germany in the mid 1990s
    • As of 2005, Ad-Aware is Lavasoft’s award winning software
  • Test Methodology
    • Reference file updated
    • Ad-Aware used to detect existing spyware/ adware currently running on the computer
ad aware results
Ad-AwareResults
  • Protection
    • Provides protection against spyware and adware programs
    • Checks for tracking cookies
    • Checks all the PCs files, drives, memory, and registry
    • 7 objects were recognized - all tracking cookies
  • Usability
    • Easy to use
    • Do not have to be computer savvy
    • Provides a data log with descriptive details of the objects found
  • Support & Updates
    • Home users & corporate users support
    • Allows for updates directly from the GUI
    • Reference file not updated frequently
firefox
Firefox
  • Background
    • Free graphical web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation
    • Made available to Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms in over 30 languages
  • Test Methodology
    • Spybot Search & Destroy used to detect spyware and adware while using Firefox & IE
    • Two passes
      • Visiting sites
      • Navigating through sites
firefox results
Firefox Results
  • Protection
    • Both IE & Firefox successfully blocked pop-ups
    • Visiting IE, Spybot caught 4 variations of spyware and 5 specific instances in the form of “tracking cookies”
    • Visiting Firefox, no infections of spyware and adware were found
    • Navigating through IE, Spybot detected 3 new variations of spyware and 4 specific instances in the form of “tracking cookies”
    • Again, Firefox prevented any infections of spyware or adware
  • Usability
    • Easy to understand
    • Good features - tabbed browsing, pop-up blocking, incremental finding
  • Support & Updates
    • Forums, newsgroups, chat
    • Bugzilla
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